§ 44. Mr. Hayhoe
asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what estimates he has made of the annual number of passengers expected to use Heathrow, and aircraft movements in and out of Heathrow, respectively, during each of the next ten years; and how these figures compare with the present position.
§ Mr. Onslow
Following is the information:
IN 1971 16.1 MILLION PASSENGERS USED HEATHROW AND AIR TRANSPORT MOVEMENTS THERE NUMBERED 249,000. THE BRITISH AIRPORTS AUTHORITY ESTIMATES THE FOLLOWING FIGURES FOR THE YEARS 1972–1979 Air Transport Movements Thousands Terminal Passengers Millions 1972 250 18.3 1973 282 20.0 1974 293 22.0 1975 304 24.3 1976 314 26.5 1977 325(i) 29.0 1978 325(i) 30.8 1979 325(i) 32.4 Notes. (i) Current estimates of technical improvement suggests that the Airport's capacity to handle air transport movements will be reached by 1977. (ii) With regard to 1980, 1981 and 1982, it is impossible at present to forecast how traffic will divide between the existing London airports and Maplin.
§ 45. Mr. Hayhoe
asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what estimate he has made of the likely annual number of Concorde movements in and out of Heathrow Airport during the first five years after Concorde enters airline service; and what proportion these represent of the comparable expected total annual number of aircraft movements at Heathrow for the same years.450W
§ Mr. Onslow
It is not possible to make precise predictions at this stage. Concorde will enter airline service in 1975, but the proportion of Concorde movements at Heathrow will still be relatively small in 1979.